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Friday, April 07, 2006

Rock, Paper, Scissors, You're Weird.

Big week in Las Vegas for the International Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, sponsored by Bud Light. As reported by The Las Vegas Review-Journal, over 260 competitors showed up to get drunk and compete for the title of the master of the game that you haven't played since you were seven years old.

Now, before you go snickering off thinking what kinda moron would get involved in this, I should tell you that the winner of this tournament would win a cash purse of $50,000! Not too shabby, eh? Well, warm up your fists and let's get cracking.

Some of the contestants arrived ready for serious competition. One woman could be seen during the second round of play slapping her husband/boyfriend on his cheeks like a trainer trying to knock some life back into a rubber-legged boxer.

But for most of the competitors, the event was more about having fun and enjoying the free trip to Las Vegas that the nice people at Bud Light had provided.

They came in costumes. A schoolgirl. Gowns and elaborate dresses. The Budweiser frogs from the TV commercial, with real women -- the "Bud" and the "Er" -- flanking a stuffed green "Weis" frog in the middle. A father-son team who won a $500 "best costume" prize for dressing up as Barney Fife and Otis the drunk from the old Andy Griffith show. And, in a clear instance of sucking up to the sponsor, a few people dressed as Bud Light cans, cases and bottles.

Tom Meredith of Fort Wayne, Ind., wore a striking ensemble consisting of a cape, Budweiser jockey shorts, cowboy boots and a scissors headdress that, as the day wore on, earned him a small but devoted following as "Scissors Man." His picture is up at the top of this post.

The event's final rounds took place in a miniature boxing ring onstage. Refereeing was veteran Nevada boxing referee Richard Steele, who got in the goofy spirit of things by noting, "This is, clearly, the highlight of my life."

When the final match ended shortly after 7 p.m., David McGill, a 30-year-old student from Omaha, Neb., seemed as surprised as anybody that he'd be taking home the $50,000 first-place check and a surprisingly stylish trophy.

Asked by the event's host, comedian Dave Attell, about his final throw, McGill confessed that, "it could have been a rock or a scissors."

"I'm sorry," McGill explained. "I've been here since 2 in the afternoon."

The event was taped for broadcast on the A&E Network and is scheduled to run at 10 p.m. June 12. So set your Tivo's and see if you can guess what will come next!


Blogger business voodoo said...

this was the most amazing thing i've read in weeks ... and this all happened in my own back yard! vegas, you gotta love it ... budweiser ... isn't there a neighbor of our's in louisiana that can use some help a bit more than sponsoring a 'rock-paper-scissors' competition ...
i dunno ... something about this seems sooooooo wrong ... maybe if we didn't have mr. bush in office and life on planet earth was reasonable for most people ... but in these days and times?
peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

4/17/2006 10:46 PM


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